Francesco Guidolin: Swansea City deserved more against Manchester City
Francesco Guidolin insisted Swansea City deserved more after they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Manchester City.
A much-changed Swans line-up delivered an improved performance as they returned to home soil following last weekend's disappointing defeat at Southampton.
But their interest in the cup came to an end nevertheless as Pep Guardiola's City side made it nine wins out of nine this season thanks to a 2-1 victory.
"I am a little bit disappointed because I think we deserve another result after 90 minutes," Guidolin said.
"We deserved to draw. The game was balanced. The performance of my team for me was good, in the first half and the second half.
"But it's not a good moment for us. Sometimes little things go against you and in this case it was a deflection on the first goal."
The Swans competed admirably in the first period, with home debutant Borja going closest to netting when his fierce shot was pushed over the bar by Willy Caballero.
Manchester City created few clear-cut opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, but it was they who opened the scoring when Gael Clichy's 49th-minute shot deflected in off Neil Taylor.
Gylfi Sigurdsson then saw a point-blank effort saved before the visitors doubled their lead on 68 minutes through youngster Aleix Garcia.
The Swans gave themselves hope when Sigurdsson finished neatly in the 93rd minute, but time ran out for Guidolin's men.
"I am optimistic because I saw my players play a good game," the Swans boss added.
"At Southampton, we deserved to lose. But in this game we started very well, with focus, aggression, intensity and good ball possession.
"But, as I say, it's not a good moment for us.
"We just have to look forward. If we play well and work hard, I think we are going to have some better moments.
"Saturday against Manchester City will be more difficult than this. They had a very good team tonight even if they played without some players, but on Saturday there will be new important players here.
"But we have to prepare a good game and we have to play well, and then we will see."
Guidolin praised skipper Leon Britton, who was starting for only the third time this season, for his display at the base of midfield.
"I saw Leon play a very, very important game," he said.
"I don't know if he can start again on Saturday because there's not a lot of time to rest. We will have to see.
"Jay Fulton also played well. I am happy for the whole team."